Healthy Habits Suck: How to Get Off the Couch and Live a Healthy Life... Even If You Don't Want To

Healthy Habits Suck: How to Get Off the Couch and Live a Healthy Life... Even If You Don't Want To


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Salad instead of steak? Working out? Skipping that second beer or glass of wine? Healthy habits are THE WORST.

If you’re someone who gets up every morning and can’t wait for your run, considers eating sweet potatoes a splurge, and sets aside thirty minutes before work to meditate—this book isn’t for you. If you’re someone who thinks about getting up to go for a run but goes back to sleep, regrets last night’s dinner of fast food, and can barely get to work on time—let alone meditate—then this book will help you find the motivation you’ve been looking for to live your healthiest life, even when you don’t want to.

With this funny, in-your-face guide, you won’t find advice on how to “enjoy” exercise, or tips for making broccoli and kale taste as good as donuts and ice cream. What you will find are solid skills to help you actually do the healthy things you know you should be doing. Using these skills—based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and neuroscience—you’ll learn to find the motivation you’re really craving to adopt healthy habits, even if they do suck. You’ll also discover how to accept self-criticism, develop self-compassion, and live a more meaningful life.

This book not only acknowledges that many healthy habits suck, it uses science to explain why we want the things we want (junk food), crave the things we crave (sugar), and dislike the things we dislike (exercise). At the end, you’ll feel validated in feeling like these things are the absolute worst. But you’ll also find the motivation to do them anyway.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684033317
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2019
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 308,992
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dayna Lee-Baggley, PhD, exercises regularly and rarely enjoys it. She is a regular runner who competes in 10K races and never gets a runner’s high. She drinks green smoothies and hates vegetables. Every time her kid asks her to go do some physical activity (biking, swimming, etc.) she thinks ‘crap, I don’t want to do that,’ and she does it anyway.

Dayna is also a registered clinical psychologist, who specializes in health. She holds an assistant professor appointment in the department of family medicine, and cross appointments in the departments of surgery, and psychology and neuroscience at Dalhousie University; and an adjunct professor appointment in the department of industrial and organizational psychology at Saint Mary’s University. She works as a clinical health psychologist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the multi-organ transplant program. She is director of the Centre for Behaviour Change, which conducts research and training in chronic disease management. She is an internationally recognized trainer in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She is president of the Atlantic chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and vice chair of the Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network. She was the recipient of the 2017 Women of Excellence Award for her contributions to health, sport, and wellness (Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis). Her areas of expertise include facilitating health behavior change, managing and treating obesity, adapting to chronic health conditions, professional resiliency/burnout prevention in health care providers, and healthy workplaces.

Foreword writer Russ Harris is an internationally acclaimed ACT trainer, and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book, The Happiness Trap, which has sold over 600,000 copies and been published in thirty languages. He is widely renowned for his ability to teach ACT in a way that is simple, clear, and fun—yet extremely practical.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: Healthy Habits Suck 1

Part 1 Being Healthy Is Hard

1 The Marathon Runner Who Hated Running 15

2 Weight and Other Things You Don't Control 27

Part 2 How to Be Healthy…Even if You Don't Want To

3 Passengers on the Bus 45

4 If You Don't Like the Weather, Wait Ten Minutes 67

5 Be Glad You Don't Put Your Socks on like a Two-Year-Old 83

6 I Suck at Being Compassionate with Myself 101

Part 3 Living a Healthy Life

7 Get Yourself out of Solitary Confinement 115

8 You Will Fall off the Wagon 131

9 How Doctors Choose to Die 149

Acknowledgments 159

References 161


Lee-Baggley resides in Halifax, NS, Canada

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Healthy Habits Suck: How to Get Off the Couch and Live a Healthy Life... Even If You Don't Want To 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jenjen31 6 months ago
This book came out the gate strong. Making a lot of connections to how we are as evolved humans and how we treat resting and conserving energy to our caveman roots. Clarify your values. Don't just say "I want to lose weight to feel better". What is the why? What will you do once you feel better? Using the SMART strategy to reach those values. Using behavior assessments along the way. These are some of the strategies that I was able to take away from the book early on. At some point though it turned a bit too new agey for my taste with the mental 'passengers' that derail us from our goals. I am more a science and fact person, so this was a bit of a turn off for me. Others may feel differently. I'd give this book a solid 3.5 stars. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
diane92345 12 months ago
“The majority of North Americans eat too much processed food, don’t sleep enough, drink too much, and are overweight.” Why? Because Healthy Habits Suck! Healthy behavior goes against our caveman instincts to rest, avoid pain, seek pleasure, and live in the now. To override those instincts, you must find more pros or reduce the cons of a healthy behavior like exercising. You may never experience a runner’s high but the bragging rights of running a marathon may be enough of a pro in your eyes to encourage running 10 miles before work each morning. The goal you set has to be within your control. Sometimes, despite eating low calorie food, you just can’t lose weight. You’ve reached a plateau. So you give up and indulge in a chocolate sundae. This happens because your goal shouldn’t be “losing weight” because your body controls that. Instead, you should make “eating more fruit and vegetables” or “eating fast food only once per week” your goal because that is totally within your control. Healthy Habits Suck uses well-researched psychological methods to allow you to motivate yourself to reach your goals. The author suggests working on only one goal at a time and reading just one chapter per week. The ideas in each of the nine chapters require some introspection so that timeframe seems reasonable. The book also has a website with a 22-page workbook used within the chapters plus three short audio files. There is a lot to like about this book. It approaches healthy goals in new ways. This is not just another book with a diet and recipes. It digs into the underlying motivation or stagnation of our actions. It might be the way to achieve truly long-term healthier living. 4 stars! Thanks to New Harbinger and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Shelly9677 12 months ago
When non-fiction authors hit the trifecta of being educational, entertaining and engaging I am a very happy reader. Dana Lee-Baggley accomplishes exactly that in this book. Healthy Habits Suck is written with equal parts humor and expertise. She veers away from preachy, dogmatic and the overenthusiastic overpromising adapted by so many authors in the genre. It’s solid advice based on the Adaption of Choice Model to help you adopt healthier habits.